Montana Fishing Contests 2016 – FWP Seeks Public Comments
By Toby Trigger

Posted: December 19, 2015

Comment  Period Closes on December 28, 2015 for open water fishing tournaments in 2016.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on fishing contests proposed for the open water season of 2016. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Most contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish.

Applications for contests may be approved, denied or approved with conditions. Conditions placed on contests may help to minimize fish mortality, regulate harvest, reduce user conflicts or require additional access site maintenance when needed.

Information on the proposed contests can be found on the bottom of FWP web page: or call 406-444-2449. The public may comment on the proposed contests through Dec. 28, 2015.

Comments may be mailed to FWP Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT, 59620-0701 or emailed to

Here is a list of the proposed summer fishing contests for 2016.

Proposed 2016 Open Water Derbies

Region 1

04/23/16 Snappy’s Big Bass Bash Echo, Abbot and Peterson Lakes
05/21/16 Poor Man May Noxon Rapids Reservoir
06/11/16 Flathead River Pike Round Up Flathead River/Slough/Flathead Lake
09/17/16 Snappy’s Perch Festival Lake Mary Ronan
09/17/16 Poor Man September Noxon Rapids Reservoir
10/08/16 Poor Man October Noxon Rapids Reservoir
03/18/16 – 05/15/16 Spring Mack Days Flathead Lake
04/30/16 – 05/01/16 Montana BASS Nation Spring Buddy Tournament Noxon Rapids Reservoir
05/14/16 – 05/15/16 Koocanusa Resort & Marina 13th Annual Trout and Salmon Derby Lake Koocanusa
06/11/16 – 06/12/16 Poor Man/TBF Noxon Rapids Reservoir
06/18/16 – 06/19/16 Kickin Horse Saloon & Eatery’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby Thompson Chain of Lakes, Crystal & Loon Lakes
06/25/16 – 06/26/16 First Annual Bull Lake Pike Assault Bull Lake
07/08/16 – 07/09/16 Tobacco Valley Rod & Gun Fishing Derby Lake Koocanusa
07/30/16 – 07/31/16 Tri-State Bass Tournament Noxon Rapids Reservoir
08/06/16 – 08/07/16 Bull Lake Summer Derby Bull Lake
08/19/16 – 08/21/16 Montana BASS Nation State Championship Noxon Rapids Reservoir
09/23/16 – 11/13/16 Fall Mack Days Flathead Lake

Region 2


Region 3

06/11/16 Livingston Firefighters Kids Fishing Derby Sacajawea Park Lagoon

Region 4

06/11/16 Canyon Ferry Carp Safari Canyon Ferry Reservoir
06/19/16 White Sulphur Springs Lions Club Annual Father’s Day Fish Derby Newlan Creek Reservoir
07/16/16 Broadwater Rod and Gun Walleye Derby Canyon Ferry Reservoir
08/13/16 Camp-Make-A-Dream Walleye Benefit Canyon Ferry Reservoir
08/27/16 John Arnold Fish Derby Hauser Reservoir
05/20/16 – 05/22/16 Fort Benton Spring Classic Fishing Derby Missouri River -Marias River – Teton River
06/11/16 – 06/12/16 Tiber Walleye Tournament Tiber Reservoir, Lake Elwell
06/25/16 – 06/26/16 Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Region 5

05/14/16 10th Annual Yellowstone Challenge Yellowstone River
07/15/16 Bighorn River Alliance Carp Tournament Yellowtail Afterbay Reservoir
05/14/16 – 05/15/16 NBAA Qualifier Yellowtail Reservoir
07/16/16 – 07/17/16 NBAA Qualifier Yellowtail Reservoir
09/10/16 – 09/11/16 Fall Cats Fever Yellowstone River

Region 6

04/16/16 Jordan Chapter Tough Guy Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir: out of Hell Creek
06/04/16 17th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic Milk River (Juneberg Bridge to mouth of the Milk River).
06/25/16 Hell Creek Ladies’ Fishing Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir (Hell Creek State Park)
07/30/16 Women’s Fishing Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
08/20/16 Fishin’ For the Cure Fort Peck Reservoir
05/21/16 – 05/22/16 NBAA Qualifier Fort Peck Reservoir
05/21/16 – 05/22/16 Fresno Challenge Fresno Reservoir
06/04/16 – 06/05/16 Rock Creek Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir, Rock Creek Marina
06/11/16 – 06/12/16 15th Annual Pikemasters Fort Peck – Big Dry Arm
07/07/16 – 07/10/16 29th Annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
07/23/16 – 07/24/16 Hell Creek Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir
08/06/16 – 08/07/16 Fall Classic Walleye Tournament Fort Peck Reservoir: Crooked Creek Bay or Hell Creek Bay
09/24/16 – 09/25/16 EMBA / NBAA MT State Championship Fort Peck Reservoir

Region 7

06/11/16 Savage Volunteer Fire Department Catfish Tournament Yellowstone River (from Cottonwood Creek downstream to Sidney Bridge)
09/17/16 Yellowstone River Classic Yellowstone River
10/15/16 Yellowstone River Rats Jig N Crank Fest Yellowstone River and tributaries

The original Public Information FWP web page can be found @

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